The burrito is usually a soft tortilla (not fried) filled with beans, meat, or cheese or combinations of the three.
Mexican meal service varies considerably from that north of the border. Mexicans start work early and take time out for the main meal of the day around 2:00 p.m. The ambitious middle-class Mexican is back, hard at work again, in the evening, probably until 8:00 p.m. The evening meal is not served until around 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. sometimes later.
Frothy hot chocolate, chocolate Mexicano, is a beverage not to be overlooked. Steaks are popular with visitors, but are most likely to be tough, even stringy, because the cattle from which they come are likely grass fed.
The quesadilla is a soft taco with cheese and green chili, usually served with rice and beans.
A tamale is corndough (masa) wrapped around mildly spiced bits of meat and chili sauce, then cooked by steam.
Nachos are tortilla chips which can be spread with melted cheese or other items such as tomato bits, onions, and peppers.
Real Mexican food is cooked in lard and often seasoned with cilantro (seeds of cilantro are coriander). For maximum flavor, most Mexican food must be served hot, on a hot plate.
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